• D.E.N.R. and Philippine Congress Debate Fate of Bantayan Island

    D.E.N.R. and Philippine Congress Debate Fate of Bantayan Island

    A new proposal by Attorney Oposa in his continuing effort to restrict building on Bantayan Island, may actually have the effect of robbing residents of this tiny island of their personal property and homes.

    Beginning over two years ago, all building on the shoreline of Bantayan Island has been restricted from obtaining a building permit, even for private citizens who own the land and wish to build a home on their own property.

    The effects of the proposal before Philippine Congress would be to pass a law that would make the boundary for the shoreline on Bantayan Island, 40 Meters. For more than 40 years the boundary has been recognized as being 20 meters, with all homes and businesses being permitted to build within the 20 meter boundary. Now Oposa wants to take an additional 20 meters from those who own property on the island.

    For many property owners on Bantayan Island who own small parcels along the shore of Bantayan Island of 100-400 square meters, this new law will rob them of more than 200 square meters of their personal property. All land of less than 200 square meters will be completely lost. Land of 400 square meters will be cut in half. In many cases, this land was previously deeded to the land owners by the Philippine government and has been held in ownership for more than 40 years.

  • Beaches, Weather Updates

    Posted on October 19th, 2011

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Weather Update: Thursday October 20, 2011

    Weather Update: Thursday October 20, 2011

    Weather on Bantayan Island has been clear and beautiful this past week. With the onset of “Habagat”, the winds have changed to onshore, bringing much debris to the white sand beaches.

    The upside of this change in wind direction is that the nights are cool and refreshing and perfect for a great night’s rest if you are near the coast. Last night we enjoyed a wonderful cool breeze until about 3 am when the winds became calm.

    Weather for this weekend should be near perfect, with the coming of any future tropical storm far off from the coast of the Philippines. There are two weather systems developing in the pacific that we are watching that could become tropical storms systems in the next week. Both these systems look to move north of Bantayan Island, should they further develop into a tropical depression.

  • Beaches, Pictures, Resorts

    Posted on October 14th, 2011

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Bantayan Island Pictorial

    The following Photos of Bantayan Island were taken by Rob Robinson. This photo slideshow will be updated periodically, so check back often for the latest additions.

  • Beaches, Culture

    Posted on October 6th, 2011

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    “Amihan” and “Habagat” on Bantayan Island

    “Amihan” and “Habagat” on Bantayan Island

    The beauty of Bantayan Island depends of two variations of weather that are well known to the native islanders. “Amihan” and “Habagat”.

    Beginning in late September or Early October the trade winds come across Bantayan Island from the northeast as a cool breeze. Temperatures are lower with little of no rainfall. These mainly easterly winds bring debris from the ocean onshore to the white sand beaches of the island, causing them to be littered with sea grass, garbage from Cebu and just about anything adrift on the ocean.

    The beaches begin to taper off and at low tide, the sea grasses on the sea floor near the island are nearly exposed to the air, giving some pretty spectacular views to those who walk out onto the wet sand to view them.

    These easterly winds usually change almost overnight beginning in late May or early June. The wind direction then begins to come from the West, taking all of the debris out into the deep ocean and away from Bantayan Island. This phenomenon is called “Habagat” by the native islanders.

  • Beaches, Resorts

    Posted on September 10th, 2011

    Written by Rob Robinson

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    Beach Placid Resort

    Beach Placid Resort

    I recently completed a few pictures taken at Beach Placid Resort at Santa Fe on Bantayan Island. This is my favorite resort and I highly recommend you book your next stay on Bantayan with the friendly staff at Beach Placid.

    The beach out front of Beach Placid is in my opinion, the nicest white sand beach on Bantayan Island. Many of the Bungalows are located right on the white sand just a few steps to the crystal clear water.

    The following is a short slideshow displaying some of the beauty at Beach Placid and Santa Fe Beach.

  • Beaches

    Posted on August 22nd, 2011

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    Your Beach Is Waiting

    Your Beach Is Waiting

    The water is 85 degrees. The Sand is the Whitest and Softest you have ever seen or felt. Walk out into the crystal clear aquamarine blue water for one hundred yards and you are only up to your waist deep.

    Swim in your own private pool of the most refreshing and wonderful water you can imagine.

    The beaches of Bantayan Island are waiting for you… We will save you a beach lounger.

    Go to www.bantayanisland.org to find our how you can plan your next beach vacation in the Philippines.